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COVID-19: Hale and hearty residents beg to be isolated in Bauchi

By Rukayat Akanbi

After Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State gave the directive to ensure that all the COVID-19 patients be fed well, three hale and hearty residents have begged to be admitted in the state Covid-19 isolation center.

The State’s head of Committee on contact tracing and Chairman, Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) Dr Rilwanu Mohammed revealed this over the weekend.He said the Governor had given the directive that each patient of Covid-19 in Bauchi State must take a meal worth N1,500 three times daily totaling N4,500.

Rilwanu said the idea was to make sure that the patients on admission feel more at home and avoid a replica protest or revolt by COVID-19 patients in some other state. “It was the state governor that ordered us that we should put N1,500 per single meal in a day.

“That is, N1,500 meal during breakfast, the same amount for lunch and dinner because he doesn’t want anybody in isolation to suffer or complain so that we won’t have any riot like in some other states. This brings the total amount of money on meal per day to N4,500 on a single patient,” said Mohammed.

He said having heard about the sumptuous treatment received by COVID-19 patients, some people were calling to be taken to an isolation centre even though they were hale and hearty.”Recently, three people called me and they were asking that they wanted to be admitted in isolation. One of them was from Giade local government and because we recently discharged a lot of people from that area, obviously they had given them information on how they were taken care of.

“All these people were pleading with me to come and pick them up and take them to an isolation centre, they said they wanted to enjoy the chicken, eggs, fried potatoes and all the goodies our patients are having while in isolation,” he said. Mohammed further urged the people of the state to always adhere to all the preventive measures as advised by the government and health experts in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Bauchi has a total 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 164 had been discharged, five deaths, with 63 active cases.

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